Date: Thu, 23 Feb 1995 14:09:52 -0600 From: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU Subject: buck and a half I have obviously been asleep or on another planet, because this was a new one to me when it came up in hel class today (we were talking about register): the expression buck and a half being used in a whole slew of nonliteral senses: 1. =$150 (context: a car repair) 2. distance in yards to the putting green (about a buck eighty from the flag) 3. other sports usages I can't remember right now 4. weight: he weighs about a buck seventy (= 170 lbs) 5. a penny and a half (ante in a poker game, =$1.50) 6 a minute and a half (we'll be back in a buck and a half, after these messages -- TV sportscaster introducing commercial break) 7. any other number in a nonliteral context between 100-199 (not used, so my students tell me, with numbers greater than 199: you can't say 2 bucks eighty for a $280 repair) acc. to the students, it seems to be a guy thing (guy, as in [+male]), sports thing. I assume this isn't new to you guys (guys, as in non-gendered). Any other examples? Dennis -- Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of English office: 217-333-2392 University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321 608 South Wright Street home: 217-384-1683 Urbana, Illinois 61801